Essays and poetry

A Tissue of Memory

The Red Badge Project believes that each Wounded Warrior has the right to share their unique stories in their own voice, and choice of creative expression.

Participants across all our programs focus their emotions into poetry. Every word conveys specific meaning and expresses deep emotion, which reaches from within each participant, through the pen, to paper, to our community.


A tissue of Memory,
Frail and transparent as an onion skin,
Spreads out over the days of our existence
And binds them together into a Life.

As we grow,
It stretches, and thins until holes appear.
Then bits of what we once thought real,
Fall through, and drift away.

“Did that happen?”

“Was I there?”

“Who are ……

“Try….. to remember……….

Try!